Today, those of us that live in the United States celebrate July 4th, the 239th Independence Day, the national holiday of the United States of America commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia. This is a day full of parades, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, concerts, baseball games, ceremonies and plenty of refreshing beverages. Independence Day is one of the most patriotic days in the U.S. Many will proudly wear red, white and blue clothes and hang up their flags.
We encourage everyone here in the U.S. to take some time off and enjoy it with their family and friends.
Here a few things you may not know about the U.S. Independence day as outlined by NyDailyNews:
July 2 or July 4?
John Adams believed that July 2 was the correct date on which the to celebrate the U.S. independence. Adams thought the second was the correct date because that was the day the Continental Congress voted in favor of Lee’s resolution for independence. However, the Declaration of Independence wasn’t formally adopted until July 4. Adams explained in a letter to his wife Abigail that July 2 should’ve been celebrated with “pomp and parade … games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and festival.”
First Independence Day celebration
The first ever Independence Day celebration took place in 1777 in Bristol, Rhode Island and Philadelphia. The celebration in Bristol consisted of a 13-gun salute in the morning and another at night. The celebration in Philadelphia was a bit more traditional, which means people had dinner, drinks and fireworks.
The Fourth of July did not become a federal holiday until 1870. However, it wasn’t a paid holiday. The U.S. Congress didn’t expand the grant to make it a paid holiday until 1941.
Booze on Independence Day
Independence Day is known as one of the booziest holidays in the U.S. Drinking on this day first became a tradition when George Washington issued his soldiers double rations of rum to mark the anniversary of their independence. Nowadays, beer sales top $1 Billion on July 4.
Deaths on the Fourth
Founding fathers John Adams (second U.S. president) and Thomas Jefferson (third U.S. president) both died on July 4, 1826. James Monroe, the fifth president of the U.S. also died on July 4 five years later in 1831.
Fireworks and U.S. flags
Most of the fireworks and flags used on the Fourth of July are imported from China, according to U.S. International Trade Commission. Nearly $204 million worth of fireworks was imported in 2013 and about $3.5 million was spent on U.S. flags made in China in 2014.
While we’ll be taking it easy for the day, but there will still be some BMW news for those of you that can’t go a day without your BMW fix.
Happy 4th Of July!